Pictured: “Aussie Westbrook”. Sobey caricature. Credit: Adam Ballinger art.
As I got to know Nathan’s psyche and what makes him tick I have decided to put him into my category of “killer”. Someone that is a deep competitor, willing to live the life that will see him get better day after day, to be the best he can be. “I always want to challenge myself to be better than the next person but also just want to be the best I can be”, says Sobey. Nathan is always looking for that edge and using those that say “you can’t do it” or “you are not good enough to make this team or that league” as positive development tools, not the other way round. “I love to prove people wrong” he says at one point in our chat. This mindset sounds all too familiar with the athletes I’ve worked with that are featured at www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com. By the way, we recently wrote an article on athletes being cut and how to deal with the situation which you can see here; By Andrew Jantke | So, you have been cut? If not, you will be!!
When you watch Nathan Sobey play you see someone that just plays the game with an amazing smoothness. He is an incredible athlete, but able to play with that athleticism in control, the game looks like it is slowing down for him at times. He is an athlete with a rare mix of great decision making and ability to see the game, all in synch.
VIDEO: Sobey with a rare mix of athleticsm, skills and determination has emerged as one of the best Aussies in the NBL. NB: The great screen by past blogger Daniel Carlin at the 10 second mark of these highlights. Daniel's blog is here: By Daniel Carlin | Focussing on what counts in the game – some lessons from the journey so far
Like all of our featured athletes, and all our athlete guest bloggers for that matter, his journey has not been completely smooth. He never made a state team in his junior years. Trying out once, to be cut at the first trial, coming up through Warnambool, in country Victoria. When heading to college he went the hard path too, going through a junior college before finally landing and University of Wyoming in the Division 1 Mountain West Conference. It was not until his 2nd and final year at Wyoming that he really began to hit his straps, joining the starting unit.
Jye Watson of Mogul Sports group, the company that represents Sobey ,and past blogger for www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com offers these insights into Sobey:
“Nathan is an underdog in the true sense of the word. A small town kid, that was overlooked many times from state teams, to colleges (originally) until he showed glimpses of greatness, enough for Wyoming to pick him up. NBL teams originally overlooked him off for offers, and Cairns came through with a DP spot, but Nathan was determined to show his worth. Joey Wright saw a star and picked Nathan up, and Nathan’s work ethic and focus to stay on the path eventually paid off, including picking up a Boomers, NBA Summer League and a spot in Greece. With Nathan, the sky’s the limit.”
PICTURED: Since joining the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League Nathan's career has really gone to elite levels in booming professional league, globally. Nathan credits Joey Wright with much of that development stating of Joey; "He sees a lot in players that other coaches don’t! Very good coach!"